Apparently, Ohio is doing nanotechnology fairly well. Well enough that Akron is hosting a Nanotechonology Summit for the second year, now. Looking over the program, it appears that the area is doing well in part because a component of nanotech is nanomaterials which meshes nicely with the materials science-based tech growth in our area. On the bill are presentations about nano and polymers (Akron's thing) and nano and liquid crystal (Kent's.)
Keynoting the event will be Jack Uldrich, President of Nanoveritas, blogger at NanoNovus and co-author of The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business.
The Summit is for practitioners, more than ordinary folk, so this isn't a Things to Do announcement. Rather, it's a heads-up about a potentially good news about the economic future of the region. BTW, I've asked for press credentials as a blogger. It's a long shot, but I'll let you know if anything comes of it.